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The Merry Frinks (1934)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  26 May 1934 (USA)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Aline MacMahon ...
Hattie 'Mom' Frink
Guy Kibbee ...
Uncle Newt Frink
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Joe 'Poppa' Frink
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Emmett Frink
Helen Lowell ...
Amelia 'Grandma' Frink
Joan Wheeler ...
Lucille Frink
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Norman Frink
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Ramon Alvarez
Harold Huber ...
Benny Lopez
Louise Beavers ...
Camille, Hattie's Maid
Maidel Turner ...
Mrs. Shinliver
Harry Beresford ...
Mr. J. Harold Brumby
Harry C. Bradley ...
Dr. Shinliver
James Bush ...
Oliver Gilfin
Charles Coleman ...
Witherspoon, Hattie's Butler
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Happy Family  »

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Warner Brothers liked the combination of Guy Kibbee and Aline MacMahon (who were earlier teamed in "Gold Diggers of 1933") that they co-starred them in four more consecutive films -- "Big Hearted Herbert", "Babbitt" (both 1934), "While the Patient Slept" and "Mary Jane's Pa" (both 1935). See more »

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Hattie 'Mom' Frink: If you lose this job, its curtains. There isn't another paper in town that will take you back, and I mean that Joe.
Joe 'Poppa' Frink: Yeah, well, maybe somebody will start a new paper!
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Jingle Bells
(1857) (uncredited)
Written by James Pierpont
Sung a cappella by Hugh Herbert
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Delightful, rather dark, Pre-Code comedy
27 March 2008 | by (NY, NY) – See all my reviews

At the beginning, this seems like an early version of "You Can't Take It You." It has a darker cast, though.

Aline MacMahon is saddled with one of the most ghastly families seen before the one on the Carol Burnett Show, which was spun off into "Mama's Family." Her husband, Hugh Herbert, is a sports writer described by his managing editor as a chronic alcoholic. Her daughter is selfish and dreams of a singing career. The son (Frankie Darro) is a truant who wants to become a fighter.

The demanding hypochondriac of a mother-in-law is there, too, constantly nagging. And none other than Allen Jenkins is her elder son. He is a lawyer and a Socialist.

Guy Kibbee shows up as a long-last relative. He's all they need in their cramped Bronx apartment.

The plot twists and turns. MacMahon is marvelous. And the rest of the cast does a fine job, too.


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